March 17, 2015

EP: Slutever - Almost Famous

Feel the fury in Slutever's Almost Famous EP.

This has been said many times, by me and others, but I’ll say it again, and it won’t be the last time either: Don’t call them a girl band. This “them” applies to a number of my favorite bands, whether it be Vivian Girls, Girlpool, Warpaint, the list goes on. I recently watched an amazing interview between Sleater-Kinney and Abbi and Ilana of Broad City (can you think of a better combination?) and the thing that stuck with me the most was that Carrie, Corin, and Janet all agreed on how much time it would take if every all-male band was asked about why they had all male members (a question "girl bands" are often faced with). I thought this would be a good place to put this rant because the new Slutever EP deserves far more than a gender label. It’s just fucking fantastic music. So let’s not call it anything but that.

Slutever's latest EP, Almost Famous, begins in a fury with "Smother", an anthem of self-deprecation akin to early Nirvana. If I’m going to keep making grandiose references, I have to say that my first thought about "I Miss America" was that the lyrics are delivered in a sort of Kim Gordon-esque drawl which mirrors the bleak-yet-liberating imagery. "Teen Mom" is my personal favorite track off of the EP, and I was surprised to discover that they put the same song out on their first release five years ago. Comparing the two is a great way to hear Slutever’s sonic growth. The latest version of "Teen Mom" is obviously more "hi-fi" and the song ultimately has a more visceral and powerful sound. Despite that, I think the earlier version is special on it’s own - it’s a messy and passionate and kind of scary, which always appeals to me. The closing track is the most delicate of the six tracks. It’s called "Open Wide" and it feels that way too. It’s lyrically straight forward: “Now that you’re older, things aren’t much better, it starts to look bad when you can’t pay you’re rent” and the vocals are given more space to shine over the instrumentation. This EP is fast and furious and somehow heartfelt at the same time. It's brimming with vulnerability, something that I usually feel ashamed of in myself, but thanks to certain music, including this, I am starting to feel OK about.


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Drew Lucia is a very fresh freshman at Bennington College, far away from her hometown Los Angeles. She loves living in Vermont because it gives her a chance to wear very unflattering clothing all the time. She likes making movies, writing sad things, and listening to Portishead most of the time. She thinks email is still a valid form of communication, so if you want her to write you a sad poem, say hey. She feels weird writing about herself in third person, so that's it for now.